Dakar Churches Attacked Amid Anti-Gov't Protests

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The African city of Dakar is under curfew following political unrest and rioting that included several attacks on local churches.

A day of prayer was held July 3 as pastors worked to clean up damage and continue worship services any way they can.

One witness told CBN News at least six churches have been attacked since unrest began last month. The International Baptist Church of Dakar led by Pastor Baafi-Owusu was among them.

Men "beat on the main doors" of the church, but couldn't get in, the witness recalled. Had they, he said, "it is certain they would have torched the building."

Both of the church building's signs were destroyed.

Another church nearby is covered in black smut after being torched. Congregants at one church still gathered Sunday, even though they had no place to sit after cleaning up debris.

The riots erupted in late June after Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade tried to modify the constitution in order to be able to be re-elected next year.

Even though Senegal is known for being one of the most stable countries among the West African region, social unrest has continued to grow.

More than 100 people have been injured.

Christians warn that Muslim protestors are taking advantage of the political unrest to target Christians.

Below is a slideshow of some of the latest photos CBN News has received from Dakar showing some of the church buildings destroyed in recent rioting.

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